University of Notre Dame

Organic Structure and Reactivity

Course Number: CHEM10172
Instructor: Paul Helquist

This class, generally taught in the Spring, is the first semester of a two-semester organic chemistry sequence intended for students in biological sciences and pre-professional studies. It is accompanied by laboratory work and by a tutorial section. The course provides a solid foundation in organic structure and bonding, spectroscopy, and Lewis acid/base reactions. These concepts are then applied to understand substitution and elimination reactions with a focus on mechanism and factors governing selectivity. A section of this course, taught in the Fall semester, is intended for chemical engineering students.